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Career Camp gives students an immersive medical experience

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Aubrey Root is hands-deep in a laproscopic surgery.

Well, sort of.

She's a student, learning about the medical field this week at MidMichigan Medical Center's career camp.

“Just touring the hospital and looking at different things and playing with this stuff is kinda cool,” Root said.

The students will be able to do a lot of hands-on activities. Some are harder than it looks.

Root is thinking about following in her mother's footsteps and becoming an occupational therapist.

She's excited to see what her mom and others that work in the hospital do every day.

“I'm kind of interested in, well the stuff in O.R. is kind of interesting, but I'm also fairly interested in seeing the morgue!” Root said.

Organizer Coleen Marpel said the idea behind the 3-day career camp is to take away the idea that the hospital is a scary place.

“Funny thing is, they're so interested in going to the morgue!” Marpel said. “It sounds funny but they are. Although we won't see anything in the morgue, we'll see an empty table and instruments.”

Marpel wanted to simulate patient care for students.

“I want them to feel the excitement here at the hospital, what it takes to care for the patients, how they can help patients and make a difference in their lives,” Marpel said.

For Root, today it was surgery, tomorrow, another healthcare adventure.

“It's really fun, fairly challenging, harder than i thought it would be, but it's fun,” Root said.

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